Woman who tested positive for Covid-19 two weeks after completing SHN reclassified as an imported case

The patient had tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, two weeks after completing her stay-home notice. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A long-term visit pass holder reported as an unlinked community case on Wednesday (Feb 3) has been reclassified as an imported case, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday night.

A serology test for the woman came back positive, indicating a likely past infection, it added.

"Given her serology status and recent travel history to India between Nov 30 and Jan 6, we have reclassified this case as imported," said MOH.

The 35-year-old tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, two weeks after completing her stay-home notice (SHN).

MOH reported 22 imported cases on Thursday, taking Singapore's total to 59,624.

The cases included three Singaporeans and two permanent residents who returned from India, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Two dependant's pass holders arrived from Germany and Japan, and four work pass holders from Indonesia, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates.

Eight others were work permit holders who arrived from countries including Bangladesh and Indonesia.

There were also three short-term visit pass holders from Indonesia.

The cases all returned positive tests while on SHN or in isolation after their arrival in Singapore, said MOH.

Golden Village Yishun, Northpoint City and Pizza Hut in Sun Plaza were also added by the Health Ministry to the list of locations visited by Covid-19 patients while they were still infectious.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community increased from one case in the week before to three cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community increased from none in the week before to two cases in the past week.

Among the 199 confirmed cases reported between Jan 29 and Thursday, 112 had positive serology tests, indicating a past infection, while 35 were negative. Results of the serology tests for 52 others are pending.

With 28 cases discharged on Thursday, 59,333 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

A total of 38 patients remain in hospital, with none in intensive care, while 209 are recuperating in community facilities.

Singapore has had 29 deaths from Covid-19 complications, while 15 who tested positive have died of other causes.

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